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Groundbreakers Concert Poster
Join us for "Groundbreakers!"
Atlanta Freedom Bands will close its 23rd season with exciting and innovative music by a selection of today’s most talented composers.  The program provides a listen to some of the best in 21st century wind band music.  Rhythmic and tuneful, quirky and dance-like, the concert has quite a variety of sounds, moods, and textures.  You are sure to catch yourself tapping your feet and humming a new tune during the show.  The concert kicks off Atlanta's Stonewall Week celebrations.  A reception follows the concert so you can mingle with your AFB musicians and music staff.

A concert of innovative music deserves an innovative host.  We are delighted to welcome Vandy Beth Glenn to the host's podium to guide us through the concert.  Her career has had quite a path winding from the Journalism school at the University of Georgia to the US Navy.  She was at the center of one of the early cases to advance transgender rights in the workplace in our state.   She holds the honor of being the first transgender person to address a Congressional committee.  We look forward to meeting her during the show!

Tickets for this exciting show are just $15 general admission, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students and may be purchased at the venue prior to the performance.

Saturday, June 18, 8 PM

Druid Hills Presbyterian Church

1026 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta 30306

Free parking is available at the church (front and back) and the next door library and bank branch parking lots.

The concert program includes:

  • "Down East Fanfare” by Jack Stamp (celebrating the rocky coast of Maine)
  • “Armenian Dances” by Alfred Reed (a festive medley of folk dances)
  • “Shortcut Home” by Dana Wilson (inspired by “A Short Ride in a Fast Machine”)
  • “See Rock City” by Brant Karrick (a rock-funk-blues creation capturing the quirky tourist trap)
  • “Fe (Faith)” from “Concierto Ibérico” by Atlanta composer Tim Jansa (featuring euphonium soloist Staci Hatmaker)
  • “A Little Tango Music” by Adam Gorb 
  • “Abracadabra” by Frank Ticheli (a fun piece capturing the magic of our world as seen through the eyes of a child)
  • “Solas Ané” by Samuel Hazo (a hauntingly beautiful setting of Gaelic themes) 
  • “Foundry” by John Mackey (a rhythmic piece for band and “found” percussion) 

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The Joint was Jumpin'

The Metrognomes belted out an evening of hot licks on Saturday, April 16 at the Hudson Grill in Midtown. 

The joint was jumpin' all night long. 

Swing dance lessons, snacks, drinks, friends and a rock solid performance by the 'Gnomes rounded out the evening with a good time had by all.

Hooray for Y'Allywood!
On Saturday, March 26 the Concert Band presented an EPIC evening of music from film, includin
g a special focus on productions filmed right here in Atlanta!  

The program spanned the decades from "Gone With the Wind" to "The Hunger Games", visiting a number of blockbuster and award winning films along the way.  With music of John Williams, Henry 
Mancini, and Alan Silvestri in store as well as a special visit from a terrifyingly radioactive Japanese dinosaur.

The concert was even more "EPIC"  with musicians from our sister bands across the region to join us for the first-ever Southeastern Regional event for the Lesbian and Gay Band Association with a performing ensemble of nearly 100 musicians!

"Hooray for Y'allywood!" was supported in part by the Atlanta Mayor‘s Office of Cultural Affairs.  Funding for this program is also provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council.

We have even more great concerts and events coming in 2016.  Check out our Performances page for all the details on the shows and find out about our great deals on season ticket packages!

Atlanta Freedom Bands was honored to be the first-ever LGBT-identified participant in the March 12, 2016 Atlanta Saint Patrick's Day Parade!  
The parade is our city's longest-running social event, dating back to 1858.